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Once an Air Force Base …

Pat Elder World Beyond War
old photo of entrance to abandoned air base in California Lethal contamination at Norton Air Force Base in San Bernardino, California threatens human health 35 years after the base closed.

A Tale of Two Toxic Cities

Sharon Lerner The Intercept
The EPA’s Bungled Response to an Air Pollution Crisis Exposes a Toxic Racial Divide

Smith Pitched Pruitt on 'Secret Science.' Now It's Happening

Scott Waldman, Niina Heikkinen E & E News
In early January, EPA chief Scott Pruitt met with Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas) to discuss overhauling how EPA uses science. Smith hasn't been able to get legislation to do so through Congress, so he pitched pitched Pruitt to do so internally, according to emails obtained through a FOIA.

By Delaying Chemical Safety Rule, Pruitt Endangers First Responders and Refinery Towns

Daniel Ross Truthout
At 8:48 a.m. on the morning of February 18, 2015, an explosion at the ExxonMobil Torrance refinery in Southern California ripped through the facility with such ferocity, the resulting shockwaves registered on the Richter scale. Dust was scattered over the densely populated neighborhood up to a mile away from the blast. Four workers suffered minor injuries.
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